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Hina Khar threatens slander suit, Fawad fires back with proof


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Former Minister for Foreign Affairs and PPP leader Hina Rabbani Khar has announced on Twitter that she will slap a slander suit on Minister for Information Fawad Chaudhry for allegedly defaming her on “false accusations and character assassination”.

She resorted to Twitter, retweeting a media channel’s handle on which it displayed a slug quoting Fawad Chaudhry saying that Hina Rabbani Khar “is on a stay order for the past two years in a power theft case”.

Minister for Information and Broadcasting Chaudhry Fawad Hussain said that former Foreign Minister Ms. Hina Rabbani Khar’s Galaxy Textile Mills was a defaulter of Rs 20.70 million electricity bills.

The PPP leader tweeted “I am serving a defamation notice to the Hon Min for Information. In my 16 yrs in politics I have always chosen to ignore slander & false allegations but it seems politics has now been reduced to name calling, false accusations & character assassination”.

Fawad Chaudhry responded to the tweet with a charge sheet.

Minister for Information and Broadcasting Chaudhry Fawad Hussain said that former Foreign Minister Ms. Hina Rabbani Khar’s Galaxy Textile Mills was a defaulter of Rs 20.70 million electricity bills. The sheet displayed the dues payable by MS. Galaxy Textile Mills, the former Minster’s company.

In a tweet, the minister asked Hina Rabbani Khar to pay outstanding electricity bills of Galaxy Textile Mills rather than squandering the money over paying lawyers’ fee. The minister also shared Galaxy Textile Mills electricity bill payment according to which Hina had paid only Rs 55 million up to September 2013 out of total dues of 70.246 million and did not pay the remaining Rs 15.246 million and mark up of Rs 11.773 million.

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Afterwards, Galaxy Textile Mills challenged the amount of markup and got a stay order from Lahore High Court with the plea that the markup was not the part of National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (NEPRA) Tariff. The last hearing of the case had been conducted on January 17, 2019.

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